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Season 4 | Episode 7 | “After Hours” | Aired May 27, 2014

This week’s Awkward. is a doozy. Finally we get an episode where the characters start to confront all the drama that went down last season. It’s been quite obvious this season that Jenna is avoiding the past. She’s constantly trying to remake herself, whether it involves becoming Senior Jenna, Jenna 2.0, etc. She continues to distance herself from last year. But how can she move on from her past without those issues, and with her bad decisions never truly being addressed?

This episode opens up with Jenna and college boyfriend Luke enjoying a cute study date. Add a little calculus and flirtation to the mix, and the two can’t help themselves. As things start to get hot and heavy, Jenna’s mom barges in. Embarrassed, she begins to leave, but not before reminding them that “It only takes one thrust to become a teen mom.” It only takes that statement to kill the mood.

Luke and Jenna are saying their goodbyes as Matty comes by Jenna’s place. He’s dropping off tickets for the BF GF BFF concert they had made plans for months ago — when “Jatty” and “Jakara” still existed. Now that they’re broken up, Matty offers the tickets to Jenna and suggests using his ticket to take Luke instead. Luke can’t go because he has midterms; he encourages Matty to keep his ticket and go with Jenna. Jenna is wowed that Luke is cool with her going to a concert with an ex-boyfriend. She agrees to go, as does Matty, and promises herself that she’ll aim to be as mature with her relationships as Luke seems to be.

Not taking the most mature route, Jake and Tamara engage in a loud shouting match in the school cafeteria over who should have the tickets. Clearly, Jake is still upset over being catfished. He makes the case that he should keep the tickets, and we all know Tamara doesn’t give up that easily. In case Jenna needed another reason to be more mature about her relationships, Jake and Tamara’s dramatics make her realize how mature she and Matty are being about their breakup. Eccentric Val even backs up that thought when advising Jake and Tamara to start acting like Jenna and Matty. Citing all the cruel things Jenna did to Matty last year (cheating on him, moving on with an older guy, etc.), she points out that they’re still amicable with each other.

Awkward cast

Jake gives his tickets to Tamara, who is pleased. Jenna feels guilty that Matty is lonely, so she decides to level up her maturity by using T’s extra ticket to set him up on a date. Tamara instantly disagrees, saying to Jenna that she’s still not over him. But Jenna won’t let it go, believing that she’s completely over him now that she’s with Luke. Tamara dares her to set him up with bombshell Eva. Thinking she won this argument, Jenna at first hesitates. But because she wants to prove Tamara (and mostly herself) wrong, she invites Eva before she can change her mind. Eva happily accepts.

The night of the show arrives, and it’s refreshing to see Jenna and company outside of a school or house party setting. Along with Sadie and her boyfriend, Austin, Jenna, Matty and Eva pile into Tamara’s car. On the way to the show, Eva suggests they get some fake IDs, and Tamara grudgingly stops in a shady neighborhood, in front of a tattoo shop. Eva insists that the car is safe outside.

Eva Blackmail awkwardBefore heading inside, Eva confronts Sadie, who has been throwing shade at her all evening long. Eva blackmails her with a photo of Sadie and Matty sleeping innocently together. Sadie hisses that nothing happened between the two, but Eva still threatens to show it to her boyfriend if she doesn’t back down. Inside, Eva approaches Jenna, asking if this is really a setup between her and Matty. Jenna sort of confirms, trying to play it cool and pretend that it doesn’t bother her. Eva gives her props for not being “psycho” about her ex.

Jenna expresses regret over setting Matty up, and admits to Tamara that maybe he isn’t comfortable with dating Eva. Of course, this is just Jenna projecting her own feelings onto him. Matty shows off his “Jenna 4 Eva” tattoo, saying he may need to get it removed. Eva covers up Jenna’s name, flirtatiously adding that it’s a quick fix by leaving “4 Eva.”

Matty is clearly charmed by her, which grates on Jenna and eventually leads her to be sarcastic and rude to them. It finally hits Jenna: She’s so not over Matty.

After the group gets their fake IDs, they head down the street to put them to use. Tamara stays behind to check up on Jake via social media. A skeevy dude approaches her and tries to steal her phone. She’s putting up a good fight until Jenna yells at her to let go of her phone. The thief runs off with it, and as if things couldn’t get worse, Tamara’s car is getting towed. They try to bribe the guy towing her car, but he takes their money and the car anyway. That leaves T with no choice but to call Jake to pick them up. Jake arrives — only for Matty’s sake, really — and takes them to the auto pound to get Tamara’s car back.

Sadie is still giving Eva a hard time, and Eva continues to blackmail her with the photo. Sadie points out the obvious, saying that Austin won’t interpret the photo the same way any other guy would. It still leads Sadie to taking Austin aside to show him the photo and explain. Austin, unsurprisingly, takes it well, until Sadie also admits that Matty kissed her that night. Austin doesn’t take that well at all. Sadie begins to explain that the kiss meant nothing, but Austin has no tolerance for infidelity and breaks up with her.

Sadie Austin awkward

Sadie isn’t the only one upset with Eva this evening. Jenna has been oozing with jealousy since having her mini revelation that she still harbors feelings for Matty. So much for exemplifying that new level of maturity she boasted about earlier in the episode. Like she always does, Jenna takes it a step too far: She takes Matty aside to apologize for her behavior. She admits that she wasn’t ready to see Matty with someone else, and he admits that he noticed with a smirk. She then promises Matty she won’t interfere between him and Eva, and gives her “blessing” for them to be together.

To say that Matty takes it well is an understatement. He quickly tells Jenna that giving her blessing is ridiculous, since he never gave her his blessing to cheat on him last year or even to go out with Luke now. In fact, they don’t need to give each other blessings, and Jenna thinking this makes it seem like she still has some type of claim over him. At this moment, he proves to her that she no longer does, as he doesn’t with her. It’s harsh, but all the havoc Jenna wreaked last season can’t be so easily forgotten.

Thanks to her excellent negotiating skills (a.k.a. her grandmother’s credit card), Tamara gets her car out of the pound. Eva asks Sadie about Austin’s whereabouts and deservedly gets a sneer from her. The boys head out with Eva as the girls hang back, reeling from everything that went down that night. A cute picture message from Luke brightens Jenna up, making her realize that she needs to start breaking away from her feelings for Matty.

Eva Matty awkward

Jake, Matty and Eva are hanging out in Jake’s convertible, parked on the street with a few beers, trying to keep out of law enforcement’s sight. The flirtation between Eva and Matty kicks up a notch, and they agree to call Jake a car to take him home. Eva jumps out of the car to make the call, and a moment later a cop arrives, asking Matty and Jake if they’ve been drinking. When Eva sees this, she instantly flees before getting caught herself. Drunk, Matty is a bit too sarcastic with the cop, and it leads to him and Jake getting arrested. Well done, boys.

Awkward. airs Tuesdays at 10/9 C on MTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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